Crimson Point Elementary

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If it Quaks Like a Duck, It Must be... Principal Crusat!

December 7, 2015 - 1:26pm -- mirandap

Our Crimson Point principal Mr. Crusat joined us as a guest speaker for one of our Bird by Bird Lessons. Mr. Crusat shared his love of duck hunting with the students and the students loved having him in our room! Mr. Crusat shared a presentation with our first grade birders on the importance of conservation and education when hunting. He showed students how he has to be educated in gun safety and dog training to be successful at duck hunting. He shared with students the importance of conservation when hunting and how important it is to take care of nature. Mr. Crusat also showed students the difference between male and female Mallard ducks. Students were able to see that Mr. Crusat enjoys hunting and eating his keep, as well as training his and treating his dog like one of the family. 

Cabela's generously donated duck calls to our classroom, and Mr. Crusat took the students outside for a lesson on how to use a duck call effectively. Students were able to tell the difference in sound between hot air and cold air being blown through their duck calls, and understand that the vibration in the reeds were affected by which type of air was being blown through them. Students learned words to say to help them imitate duck calls and ducks eating. What a fun and exciting time we had with our principle!

Meeting Merlin

December 7, 2015 - 1:12pm -- mirandap

Students were able to meet Merlin the Great Horned Owl the Friday right before our Thanksgiving Break. Students loved checking our Birds of Prey chart we made to see if Merlin had all 4 characteristics needed to be a bird of prey. Ms. Barb did an amazing job letting students feel the difference in an owl feather compared to a hawk feather. Students were able to feel and hear the differences between the two feathers. Students were also able to understand why an owl has adapted to being able to move its head three-fourths of the way around, because they need to be able to turn their head when they hear a sound to find their prey with their eyes. Students were able fully understand this when they tried looking through goggles made of PCP piping. Students really enjoyed playing the owl and mouse game. They all wanted a turn to be the blindfolded owl searching for the mouse! It was a fun game that reminded them of a game that they play in their music class!

Meeting Little Hawk

October 20, 2015 - 1:33pm -- mirandap

On Friday, October 16th we had the privilege to meet Little Hawk. Ms. Barb did an amazing job at displaying the 4 characteristics of birds of prey. Our lesson the 9th was Raptor Roundup, and students were able to apply what we learned about birds of prey to Little Hawk. We were able to identify her Sharp Beak and Talons, as well as notice that her eyes are located on the front of her head, unlike the songbirds we watched at the banding location. Ms. Barb did an amazing job at demonstrating why eyes in the front of the head are important for predators, and why having eyes on the side of your head is important for prey. If you are a predator you need to have depth perception to grab your prey. Students shut one eye and held their thumb up, then switched eyes. They were amazed to see that it looked like their thumb had moved, but it stayed in the same place the whole time! Students then learned that birds that might be prey needed their eyes on the side of their head so they would be able to see if something dangerous was coming.

We ended the lesson with Bird Bingo and students were able to play a game that helped them understand what all birds have in common. Not just characteristics of birds of prey, but all birds. They enjoyed getting to share their answers and tell why something was true or false. The very last thing students were able to do, was inspect a feather. They were able to identify the vane, shaft, quill and they really enjoyed pulling the barbs apart and then putting them back together.

What a great day with Little Hawk and Ms. Barb. We were all glad that Little Hawk was able to calm down after Mrs. Podolsky accidentally scared her getting the map ready. 

Field Trip!

September 22, 2015 - 8:50am -- mirandap

On Friday, September 18th our first grade class took a field trip to the Intermountain Bird Observatory's Boise River Banding Site. Students were so impressed with Heidi and how she was able to handle birds and give information at the same time! 


When we returned to school we discussed the field trip, and here is the list of new information they learned:

* Blowing on the birds belly feathers tells biologists if the bird is a fat bird.

* Fat birds are healthy birds.

* Birds need fat to migrate.

* Birds eat seeds and bugs.

* Banding birds tells biologists information, like where the bird was last trapped.

* Be quiet around birds so you don't scare them.

* Birds can have nicknames like Butter Butt!

* Birds molt.

* Biologists use special holds when holding a bird.

* Sometimes biologists can put a bird in their shirt to warm them up, but the bird can fly away when it is ready.


Students were excited to share a bird name with the class, here is a list of bird names they remembered:

* Butter Butt - The favorite of the day, I reminded them that its real name is the Yellow Rumped Warbler.

* Ash Throated Fly Catcher

* White Crowned Sparrow

* Black Capped Chickadee


On Saturday, the Idaho Statesman posted a video online and put an article in the paper about Intermountain Bird Observatory and their educational outreach program. Our classroom had the honor of being included in this article. Students were so excited to see this video on Monday morning (most of them had already seen it since I shared it with parents), and they were amazed to see the picture in the paper. We have it displayed on our class bulletin board! You can find the video and article here:

I would like to end this post with a huge THANK YOU to bird by bird for helping make this field trip possible! 


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
4 Ground 05/01/2015 - 4:00pm Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
6 Perched 05/01/2015 - 4:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Flying 03/20/2015 - 1:45pm Details

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
1 Flying 03/20/2015 - 1:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 03/20/2015 - 1:45pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
9 Feeder 03/20/2015 - 1:45pm Details

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
1 Flying 03/20/2015 - 1:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 03/06/2015 - 1:45pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
12 Feeder 03/06/2015 - 1:45pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
5 Feeder 12/12/2014 - 1:30pm Details


Miranda Podolsky, Grade 1
Kuna, Idaho USA


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